Alice Temperley’s passion for playful prints and party dresses has led her to become one of the foremost names in British fashion. She is vibrant, entrepreneurial and highly talented in her art form.
De Beers is delighted to include Alice Temperley within the Moments in Light celebration of talented women. Since the doors of her first London boutique opened, she has inspired and delighted women with her creativity and phenomenal flair for fashion.
Mary McCartney joined Alice Temperley at her Somerset home to capture her carefree nature and creative spirit amongst her beloved textiles and fabrics.
“"As a designer you
have to follow your
instincts and trust
What made you choose fashion design and how did you achieve your success?
Since I was a child I was encouraged to be creative by my mother – we didn’t have a television. I was always making things. I was fascinated by patterns, sewing, painting, cutting things up to make textile pieces or clothing – I remember being in trouble for constantly breaking her sewing machine and cutting up rare treasures. I started making things and selling them to earn pocket money, and then to fund my way through college – things just naturally escalated. I got to where I am today through hard work and dedication. As a designer you have to follow your instincts and trust in yourself.
At De Beers we are consistently inspired by the diamond’s natural beauty – what inspires you?
I am lucky that I am constantly inspired by my surroundings, artwork, the countryside, music, film…but my biggest inspiration comes from textiles, prints and colours and the amazing markets and archives I visit.
What are you currently focused on in your career?
I have recently returned from a trip to Lake Como sourcing beautiful fabrics and I am working on our Summer ’15 collection that will be shown in September.
How do you feel to have been invited to be one of the De Beers Moments in Light celebrated women?
I was fortunate enough to have an amazing, supportive family that encouraged me to follow my dreams and I hope this campaign can do the same for other women. Working with Mary McCartney was truly inspirational – I had a great time and working with such a talented photographer made the shoot so easy.
Have you enjoyed working with the Women for Women Foundation?
The Women for Women charity is inspiring to me as it offers women in underprivileged countries – including Africa which holds a very special place in my heart – access to the knowledge and resources they need to be a success. I am grateful to be in a place in my life and career where I can inspire other women
Is there a woman that has inspired you in your life?
My mother, she is amazing….so creative and captivating. She even looks glamorous on the farm in her wellies!